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Accident: 25435.015 - Employee Sustains Chest Lacerations When A Cut-Off Machine K

Accident: 25435.015 -- Report ID: 0524200 -- Event Date: 08/18/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
585999.01508/20/2012Raffin Construction Company
At 8:30 a.m. on August 12, 2012, an employee was installing an elevator or escal ator at a construction site in Chicago, Illinois. A two-story, 6.1 meter-tall (2 0 foot-tall) building was undergoing alteration or rehabilitation. At the time o f the incident, a Stihl TS420 gas-powered cut-off machine was in use. The Stihl TS420 cut-off machine is designed for cutting steel and concrete only. The emplo yee's employer had fitted the machine with a 300-millimter (12-inch), 20-tooth carbide tip woodcutting blade. The instruction manual issued by Stihl (the cut-o ff machines manufacturer), warns against using the Stihl TS420 for cutting wood of any type, due to the risk of kickback that can result in serious physical har m or death. The machine was being used to cut off the top sections of 75-millime ter by 200-millimeter (3-inch by 8-inch) oak timber shoring in an elevator pit. The machine was being operated at chest level. The machines rotating blade kick ed back a piece of wood. The wood struck the employee in the chest. The employee sustained chest lacerations and was hospitalized for his injuries.
Keywords: blade, chest, construction, elevator, elevator shaft, flying object, inadequate maint, kick back, laceration, lumber, metal saw, rotating parts, saw, struck by, untrained
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Commercial building Alteration or rehabilitation $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 2 20
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 585999.015 40 M Hospitalized injury Carpenters FallDist:
Cause: Elevator, escalator installation

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